DIAMOND SPONSORS

Website Address: www.geoscience.org.za

The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is one of the National Science Councils of South Africa. It was established by the Geoscience Act (100 of 1993)and is the national custodian for the collection and curation of all onshore and off shore geoscience information in South Africa. It is mandated to investigate a wide range of surface and subsurface, onshore and off shore geoscience matters. These include, but are not limited to, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, engineering geology, economic geology, geohazards and geohydrology. The organisation performs these duties mainly through Government funds and, to a lesser extent, through collaborations with private and public institutions, including institutions of higher education. Furthermore, the CGS is also mandated to provide for the promotion of research and the extension of knowledge in the field of geoscience as well as the provision of specialised geoscientific services. It aims to use this information to develop geoscience solutions to real-world challenges.

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Website Address: www.lmco.com

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.  As a global security and aerospace company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the U.S. armed forces along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms.  Our vision is to be the global leader in supporting our customers’ missions, strengthening security and advancing scientific discovery and is underpinned by our core values: Do What’s Right, Respect Others, and Perform With Excellence.

CORE SPONSORS

Website Address: www.complete-mt-solutions.com

Complete MT Solutions Inc. (CMTS) offers the full spectrum of services for electromagnetic (EM) imaging of the Earth using the natural source magnetotelluric (MT) technique for targets from 100s m to 100s km in depth.
Our team consists of five internationally-based scientists who are all experts in their disciplines with over 140 years of combined experience in MT between us. We work together with clients to further develop the method and achieve maximum results for all possible applications.
CMTS’s philosophy is that best outcomes from magnetotelluric surveying come from deep knowledge of the method. Starting with survey design then cost-effective acquisition followed by robust processing and response analysis leading to multi-dimensional modelling and inversion from which geology-constrained interpretations can be made.
CMTS can value-add to existing legacy MT data by undertaking re-processing, re-analysis, re-inversion and re-interpretation using our modern, proprietary codes and approaches.

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS

Website Address: www.airbornegeophysics.com

New Resolution Geophysics (NRG™) is an airborne geophysical company specializing in the collection of ultra-high resolution airborne magnetic, radiometric, electromagnetic and gravity data with offices in Cape Town, Pretoria and Perth. NRG has been in operation since 2005 and owns and operates a fleet of eight new generation turbine powered helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft. Focusing on the African and Australasian markets, the company has completed in excess of 4,500,000 line kilometers of survey in over 50 countries. The company was formed with the objective of providing a technically superior, efficient and professional service to the mining and petroleum exploration markets.

Website Address: https://skytem.com/

SkyTEM is the leader in innovative airborne electromagnetic geophysical surveying services.  We engineer advanced data collection systems to meet the high-data-density and high-data-quality requirements of earth scientists for a wide range of subsurface studies. SkyTEM pioneered calibrated dual moment technology and SkyTEM FAST for mapping the very near surface to great depths, concurrently, economically and consistently, with lowered costs through rapid acquisition and delivery speeds. We offer reliable 12.5 Hz systems for even deeper anomaly targeting through conductive overburden. The best solution for high-quality data, SkyTEM deliverables are robust and dependable enabling exploration specialists to build accurate geophysical models with confidence.

Website Address: www.spectrem.co.za

SPECTREM AIR operates the most advanced fixed-wing airborne geophysical system, collecting high resolution Electromagnetic (EM), Magnetic and Radiometric concurrently.

With the highest power and advanced processing, the SPECTREMPLUS system has the ability to simultaneously map shallow (1-100 m) and deep (100-1000 m) features with a high level of resolution. Our team of specialists provide integrated 3D solutions for geological mapping, minerals exploration targeting including oil and gas, geo-hydrological, geo-engineering applications. The principal objective of developing these airborne systems is to enhance our ability to carry out effective exploration in area where the geology is poorly exposed on surface.

Spectrem is also conducting significant amount of in-house R&D to ensure that the system remains state-of-the art and satisfied the need of its clients. In that respect, Spectrem was the first company to develop and commission an airborne magnetic gradiometer using the SQUID superconducting technology.

Website Address: http://www.fqml.com/

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is an established mining and metals company producing copper, nickel, gold, zinc, and platinum group elements from seven mines in Zambia, Mauritania, Australia, Spain, Finland, and Turkey. Development projects are underway in Panama, Peru, and Argentina. In 2014, First Quantum produced 427,655 tonnes of copper, 45,879 tonnes of nickel, 229,813 ounces of gold, 55,980 tonnes of zinc and 60,080 ounces of platinum group elements. Exploration has a current focus in the central Andes, Alaska, southern Africa, and Australia.

Website Address: www.mmg.com

MMG Limited (MMG) is a mid-tier global resources company. We operate and develop copper, zinc and other base metals projects across Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Peru. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1208) and Australian Securities Exchange (MMG).

Website Address: www.xagsa.com

Xcalibur Airborne Geophysics is a Pretoria-based South African airborne geophysical company operating world-wide with a second administrative office in Madrid, Spain. We specialize in ultra-high resolution airborne geophysical surveys with our main offering being low-flying fixed-wing gradient magnetic and radiometric surveys. A new fixed-wing electromagnetic (TEM) system on an Air Tractor platform is currently under development and fixed-wing gravity surveys also regularly flown.

Our fleet of aircraft comprises six owned turbine Air Tractors and a PAC-750 with priority access to leased turbine Islanders (BN-2T), and Eurocopter and Jet Ranger helicopters. These all enable data acquisition at the lowest safe ground clearance possible, typically 10m to 40m. The survey height is generally only limited by the height of the vegetation and the presence of man-made features such as power lines, buildings and antennae. Because spatial resolution improves when flight altitude is reduced, low-level data provides significantly more detailed information for kimberlite detection, base and precious metal exploration, structural and lithological mapping and mine planning, while depth of penetration is not compromised.

The Air Tractors are particularly robust and powerful, thus providing excellent rugged terrain draping capability, together with unsurpassed endurance and safety. The twin-turbine Islander aircraft are used mainly for regional gravity, magnetic and radiometric surveys. These aircraft have the capability of operating at low speeds (80 knots) and are ideal for gravity surveys over water for hydrocarbon exploration. Airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys will soon be available with our low-flying towed-bird basic off-time XAG-EM system.